Tuesday, December 18, 2012
We joined Robin Hood and his Merry Men for a night of fun at the panto.
Gallant fights, nasty baddies and the very flamboyant Mrs Doubtfriar make Robin Hood a great choice for a night of pure, unadulterated fun.
Pantomimes always promise a night of cheesy fun and this one is vintage cheddar, with plenty of gags, localised jokes and over-the-top characters.
Robin Hood, played by Aston Dobson, belted out a number of tunes while playing the cheeky hero, a forest-dwelling outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor.
My only complaint would be that Robin Hood was not, as I expected, in tights. I mean, come on ladies, who wouldn’t want to see that?
Meanwhile, his best friend and noble merry man, Will Scarlett (Jake Addley) stole the show with his audience engagement and ‘aww’-inducing unrequited love for Maid Marian (Laura Main).
As the feisty heroine is locked away by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Jonathon Wadey), Robin Hood sets off to rescue her from the dungeon.
Unlucky Friar Tuck (Richard Alan) then has to dress as a woman, Mrs Doubtfriar, to enter the castle and spy on the sheriff, but unwittingly becomes the object of the villain’s affections.
With twists and turns, the help of a cheeky and bubbly Forest Fairy (Lisa Hanson) and the bumbling antics of the Merry Men, Robin Hood eventually saves the day.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a panto without a little moving and shaking, so get ready to boo, hiss, laugh and dance, because Robin Hood is here to stay at the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple until January 5.